Silva Thrilled With New Boys' Character

by Paul McNamara
@Everton

Marco Silva says the stable foundations being laid at Everton are creating a platform for the Club’s summer signings to launch their Goodison Park careers in impressive style.

Yerry Mina became the latest of Silva’s half-dozen outfield recruits to shine on his first Everton appearance when the Colombian centre-half helped shutout previously prolific Chelsea last week.

Mina’s assertive display at Stamford Bridge sustained a narrative which started with debutant attacker Richarlison scoring twice on the campaign’s opening day at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Richarlison’s fellow Brazilian Bernard dazzled in last month’s victory at Leicester City following his introduction to the team, creating a goal inside seven minutes and establishing himself as Silva’s first pick on the left flank for the run of matches leading into the current international break.


Asked about the early success of Everton’s pre-season arrivals, Silva told evertontv: “It is important. When we sign players, it is my job to be almost 100 per cent sure they can improve our squad and that they are good professionals and good characters for our club.

“And they are showing those things with their performances. Their teammates have really welcomed them and the Club is supporting them all the time, which is helping all the new players perform well and feel at home.

“That is what we want. And they are helping the Club, which is the most important thing.”

Mina joined on August’s transfer deadline day, the defender making the switch from Barcelona with Andre Gomes, who swapped the Nou Camp for Goodison on a season-long loan.

Portuguese midfielder Gomes has started Everton’s past four matches and been an influential figure as Silva’s side claimed seven points in that period to inch towards the Premier League’s top six. He was brought back into his national squad for this month’s round of internationals but had to withdraw after suffering bruising to his leg.

Another former Barca player, Lucas Digne, has exerted a grip on the Blues’ left-back spot since making his first start against Huddersfield Town back in September.

Kurt Zouma similarly came into the side against the West Yorkshire team and had forged a redoubtable central defensive partnership with Michael Keane until he had to make way for Mina against parent club Chelsea nine days ago.

Digne’s sterling form has seen him reclaim his spot in the France national squad and he earned his 23rd cap against Holland last week, with countryman Zouma also recalled by the world champions' manager, Didier Deschamps, last month.

And Richarlison has added a series of compelling displays and four more goals to his glittering start in the Midlands, the 21-year-old accumulating his first five Brazil caps into the bargain.


For Mina’s part, the 24-year-old who scored three goals in three appearances for his country at the summer World Cup in Russia, was forced to bide his time after joining the Blues while laid low with a foot problem.

He recovered to play his first game for the Club as a late substitute in the victory over Brighton & Hove Albion a fortnight ago.

And he followed up that popular cameo with a forceful performance in Everton’s scoreless draw at Chelsea, an effort for which Mina was named man of the match.

“It was a tough match for him to come in and play his first official game in the starting XI in the Premier League,” said Silva, who is preparing his side for the resumption of Premier League action, with Cardiff City set to visit Goodison on Saturday.

“To go and play [so well] against a strong side in a tough match, he showed his quality.

“It was very important for him and very important for us as a club because we made a big effort to sign him.

“Our stability as a team helped him as well, we are creating this stability in our squad.

“It is good; he helped the team and it was a good performance from him. And a good performance from our squad.”

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